Closing date: 26th October
Integrated Care Providers is the new term for ‘Accountable Care Organisation’ and describes the proposed agencies that will be commissioned to deliver health and social care in a coordinated way for a ‘local’ population.
NHS England has launched a 12 week consultation on the contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs).  The consultation provides more detail about how the proposed ICP Contract would underpin integration between services, how it differs from existing NHS contracts, and how ICPs fit into the broader commissioning system. 
The consultation document and supporting package of materials are available at:

Closing date: 26th September
Whilst awaiting the government’s green paper on social care, which is now due in the autumn, the LGA has published its adult social care green paper for consultation.
“Escalating funding pressures and increasing demand are threatening services that improve lives and communities.  We cannot go on like this.  It is time to confront the hard choices and be honest about the options. This is our chance to put adult social care right at the very heart of the Government’s thinking.
“The consultation will run until 26 September. Your views will help build a vision for adult social care that supports people, communities, hospitals and our economy for decades to come.”

To take part, go to:


This programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.  It provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs – such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to child’s wellbeing.
The programme can help:

  • Vulnerable children and young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.
  • UK or EU citizens who are normally resident in the UK.
  • (Discretion may be given where a child or young person, or their family, have an asylum application under assessment or in circumstances where residency criteria is not consistent across the family unit).

It is unable to help:

  • Adults aged 18 and over.
  • Those who do not meet income criteria as defined by the programme.
  • Those who are leaving care who have access to separate, specific statutory provision.
  • Children and young people who do not meet the residence criteria as defined by the programme.

Read the Emergency Essentials Referrer Guidelines for more details and find out how to apply
Download the flyer.

Deadline for submissions: 14th September 2018 
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has invited submissions on issues related to poverty and human rights in in the UK.  In preparation for his visit to the UK in November 2018, the Special Rapporteur, Professor Philip Alston would like representatives of civil society organizations, experts and academics to provide input specifically on the following:

  • Extreme poverty
  • Austerity
  • Universal Credit
  • New technologies in the welfare system
  • Child poverty
  • Brexit

 Find out more:

The Europe Direct Information Centre in Durham on behalf of the European Commission and European Parliament are organising three Brexit themed events:
Brexit and Citizens’ Rights: Thursday 20th September, 5.30pm – 7pm at the Sage, Gateshead:  
This event focuses on citizens’ rights and the expected requirement for nationals of the EU27 and their families to have to apply for settled status in order to benefit from certain conditions after the transition period ends in December 2020.  View the flyer (pdf)
Brexit, Business and Trade: Tuesday 30th October, 8.30am – 10am at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland
This one will focus on how the changes will affect business, trade and exports, and the implications for the labour force.  View the flyer (pdf)
Brexit and Higher Education: Thursday 1st November, 6pm – 7.30pm at the Calman Centre, Durham University
The third event looks at the impact on higher education and student recruitment, how EU national students will be able to access UK services, whether ERASMUS+ will be supported and what the future may be for European funded research programmes.  View the flyer (pdf)
For further information and to reserve places, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.